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Galaxy SIII Odin Flash Guide by Intratech

Galaxy SIII Odin Flash Guide

PDA refers to the build version of the software/firmware

Phone refers to the baseband/modem version

CSC is the consumer software customisation and is specific to geographical region and carriers. It contains the
software packages specific to that region, carrier branding and also APN settings for data connection, MMS etc for
your service provider.

.PIT refers to the partition information table you only need it if you screw up your partition table or if the firmware
specifically requires it because of a change in the partition table layout. It's very likely you may never have to use

If the package only contains one .tar archive then it will have everything, pda+phone+csc, in the one file.

If it has multiple .tar archive then:
  • The .tar with modem in the name is the phone/baseband bit of the package
  • .tar with csc/multi-csc in the name is the csc bit of the package
  • .tar with code/PDA in the name is the PDA part of the firmware package

If this is the case you will need to put these .tar archives in the specific areas of Odin to flash the update. Refer
to the images below.

You do not need to root or unroot the device to update the firmware.

Please ensure that KIES is closed and not running in the system tray! Kies doesn't like Odin, it's like the big
brother who's always jealous that his little brother is getting to flash all the phones so he starts to flash block.

Regarding change logs. Samsung thinks firmware should be like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re
gonna get and that all a big part of the surprise user experience program so they don't publish any change logs.

Get Odin v3.04 from here: Click
Just extract the Odin folder.

You will also need to install the Samsung USB drivers for the device if you haven't installed KIES.
Get them from here:
Just install like any Windows program

                       Flashing Firmware with Odin

1. Just download the firmware version you want from the second or third posts and extract the .tar or .tar.md5 file
in the archive and save it somewhere

2. Reboot your phone to download mode.

To get download mode shut down the device. After it shuts off completely simultaneously press the
Down volume key+ Home button + press the power button

You should see a warning asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel,
press volume up. You are now in download mode!

3. Start Odin

4. If your ROM is a single .tar.md5 package click on the PDA button and browse to the .tar or .tar.md5 file that you
extracted in step 1 and select it. This should like like the image below

If the package has more than one .tar archive then they will be labelled with PDA/Code, Phone/Modem and CSC.
Just put them in the corresponding section of Odin like below


6. Connect the USB cable and wait for any required drivers to install and the ID:COM section to turn blue like below

7. Click start to flash

8. Do not disconnect the cable or turn off the device, it will reboot when it finishes.

Regardless of firmware version it's still the same methodology
By Intratech - 30/05/2012
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